Great players: Matateu

Matateu played in 27 internationals and scored 13 goals for the Portugal. In 1969 he helped First Portuguese win their first National Soccer League championship.

Sebastião Lucas da Fonseca was born in Lourenço Marques in Mozambique on July 26, 1927. He was born in the same town in Mozambique and had a similar path to Portugal as fellow Portuguese star Eusebio.

After making his name with local teams in Lourenço Marques he was signed by Portuguese club C.F. Belenenses in 1951.

He was twice top scorer in the Portuguese first division.

His brother Vicente also starred for Belenenses and Portugal. Vicente was an important member of Portugal’s team in the 1966 World Cup in England.

After leaving Belenenses in 1964 Matateu played for several smaller teams in Portugal until he went over to Canada and signed for First Portuguese.

In 1969 First Portuguese invested heavily in their team by importing several players from Portugal. It would prove to be a very worthwhile investement as First Portuguese enjoyed great success both on the field and at the gate.

Matateu made a great contribution in helping the First Portuguese to win their first league championship in that 1969 season. The season was a long close race between Toronto Croatia, Hellas and First Portuguese. In their final game of the season, First Portuguese won the league title when they beat Toronto Hungaria 2-0 on October 9. More than 4,000 fans watched the game. The victory gave First Portuguese a total of 38 points for the season.

Except for the league championship win his highlight was probably scoring First Portuguese’s goal in their 1-1 tie in an exhibition game against Boavista of Portugal .

At the age of 46 he moved to Victoria in British Columbia in 1971. He quickly joined the Latino team in the Vancouver Island Soccer League. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Sagres club in Victoria. Matateu continued to play until his 50’s and retired from soccer in 1978.

He died in Victoria, British Columbia, in January 2000.

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